The definitive guide for everything you need to know about studio lighting from the ground up.
In this brand new course, Karl demonstrates just how creative you can be using only standard lighting modifiers such as umbrellas, grids and soft boxes. You’ll be over Karl’s shoulder, covering 45 lighting setups starting with just one light and moving through two, three, and four lights. Karl doesn’t just show you setups to mimic, he provides detailed knowledge on everything you need to know about studio lighting, power, duration, accessories, lighting theory, clamps, backgrounds, studio space, and more.
Lighting Theory & Equipment
Understanding studio lighting, accessories and a complete breakdown on the physical nature of light for studio photography.
- 01. Introduction and understanding light
- 02. Types of studio lighting
- 03. Understanding flash power
- 04. Understanding flash duration
- 05. The relationship of shutter speeds and apertures to flash
- 06. Measuring light and achieving the correct exposure
- 07. Lighting modifiers and their effects
- 08. Reflectors and flags
- 09. Lighting stands and supports
- 10. Grips and clamps
- 11. Studio backgrounds
- 12. Creating clean white backgrounds
- 13. Creating gradient backgrounds
- 14. Studio space and making it work
- 15. Lens choices for studio work
One Light Setups
Ten creative examples of what you can do with just one light using basic affordable modifiers.
- 16. Simulating Sunlight
- 17. Simulating sun and shadow
- 18. One light surround lighting
- 19. Bold single soft light
- 20. Beauty lighting with one light
- 21. Soft single light
- 22. Rim lighting with a single light
- 23. Dramatic single light shadows
- 24. The softest single light possible
- 25. Contoured single soft light
Two Light Setups
Ten creative examples of what you can do with just two lights using simple modifiers.
- 26. Stunning two light beauty set
- 27. Dramatic Portraits
- 28. ‘Deep Umbrella’ techniques
- 29. Two light harsh fashion lighting
- 30. Stunning soft and contoured lighting
- 31. The rectangular ring light
- 32. Two light male portrait
- 33. Moody two light control
- 34. Enchanting two light result
- 35. Soft side lighting and fill
Three Light Setups
Ten creative examples of what you can do with three lights with basic modifiers.
- 36. Bright and stylish
- 37. Strong bold and dynamic
- 38. Three quarter soft and shadow
- 39. Contoured beauty lighting
- 40. Angelic lighting result
- 41. Sexy and sensual
- 42. Poly-board lighting
- 43. V- Flat full length
- 44. Three light high-key fashion
- 45. Location mixed light
Four Light Setups
Ten creative examples of what you can do with up to four lights using the standard and most common modifiers available.
- 46. Warm and cold
- 47. Movie style mystery and beauty
- 48. Soft, warm and glowing
- 49. Bright and punchy fashion
- 50. Dynamic energy lighting
- 51. Precision lighting
- 52. High Key Soft
- 53. Soft and fresh lighting
- 54. Under glow lighting
- 55. Dramatic and desirable
Business Portrait Lighting Setups
As well as the multitude of portrait and beauty lighting covered in this course, here we demonstrate the different approach required for business portraits.
Understanding the Emotion of Light
In this section we explore how to invoke different emotions through the use of light. We also explore the science behind human perception to various lighting ‘looks’.
- Understanding the emotion of light
Natural Light Portraiture
Shoot professional portraits with nothing but natural light and a camera.
In this course “The Naked Camera” you’re going to learn all about different techniques for portraiture using only natural light and your camera. That includes single subjects, couples, kids and family/group photo shoots. You will learn how to find the right scenes, what light is best and figuring when is the best time to shoot. Karl takes you out to various locations as well as bringing you indoors so you’ll learn to master natural light in any given location.
- 01. Introduction & Bluebell Woods
- 02. Location scouting
- 03. The Gate – no planning just shooting
- 04. The Train Carriage
- 05. Autumnal Orchard
- 06. Opportunity photography
- 07. Indoor photography Part 1
- 08. The Dark Forest
- 09. Photographing kids
- 10. Historical buildings
- 11. Indoor photography Part 2
- 12. On the coast
- 13. Emerald Forest
- 14. Fight the midday sun
- 15. Family & group portraiture
- 16. Couples & engagement photography
- 17. Posing Your Subject
- 18. Suggested gear
- 19. EXTRA – Picture review
Understand light and develop your skills.
In this section we have collected together all of our extra portrait videos. These include a selection of lighting walkthroughs to help you understand light, portrait shoots that demonstrate creative setups and informative live shows and guest interviews.
- Angry man lighting walkthrough
- Hair sweep lighting walkthrough
- Live Workshop – Portrait & Beauty Lighting
- Live Photography Talk Show – Wedding Photographer David Stanbury
- Live Talk Show – Urs Recher
- Live Workshop – broncolor ‘How-To’ with Urs Recher
- Live Workshop – Beauty Lighting Techniques
- Live Workshop – Understanding Parabolic Lighting
- Live Talk Show – Portrait Photographer Tom Oldham
- Live Workshop – Mastering the Beauty Dish
- Using the Para 133 for Portraiture
- Using the Para 222 for Portraiture
“His delivery, his manner, his ability to convey enthusiasm and to educate, there’s nobody else that speaks like him. The way he teaches people step by step, there is always something to learn… Karl was born to do what he does.”Daniel Killoran, Wedding and Portrait Photographer
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